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The NFL is rolling, and injury news continues to create implications in seasonal and daily fantasy football as well as in sports betting markets. Every week, we’ll bring you a list of the key injuries that could impact sports betting odds and DFS contests on sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel.

Note that players who fail to practice on Thursdays and/or Fridays leading into games may be listed as questionable but are in actuality closer to doubtful. Be sure to check back each afternoon to see whether critical players did any work in practice for clues as to their eventual status.

NFL coaches are famous for being taciturn when it comes to injuries, so nothing is set in stone when trying to predict how a player will perform, even if active.

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This article will be updated several times throughout the week, so check back often. Here are the key injuries to watch ahead of Week 11.

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Quarterback

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Hip, Questionable)

Joe Flacco is dealing with a lingering hip injury and is expected to miss a lot of practice time this week. Ravens HC John Harbaugh said the veteran could still play if he doesn’t practice, but exciting rookie Lamar Jackson could draw the start against the Bengals’ 31st-ranked defense this Sunday. Jackson got in a full practice Friday after sitting with an illness Thursday.

Running Back

Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (Ribs, Out)

Chris Thompson will miss yet another game and Samaje Perine (calf) has also been ruled out. Kapri Bibbs should slot into a pass-catching role in a tougher matchup against Houston.

James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers (Concussion, Questionable)

James Conner was placed in the league’s concussion protocol following Thursday’s win over Carolina, but the team expects him to play in Week 11 against the Jaguars. Le’Veon Bell will not return this season, so Conner is locked into heavy usage behind a great offensive line.

Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (Ankle, Questionable)

Royce Freeman could be active after missing consecutive games for the Broncos, but he’ll have to work his way into the rotation with Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker playing well.

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Bucs (Ankle, Questionable)

Peyton Barber has been limited in practice this week and Ronald Jones (hamstring) is out. Jacquizz Rodgers will have a role on passing downs and good poach some goal-line work in a good matchup at the Giants.

Out for Extended Period: Jay Ajayi, Devonta Freeman, Jerick McKinnon, Derrius Guice, Rob Kelley, Jeremy Hill, Raheem Mostert

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Wide Receiver

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (Knee, Out)

After spraining his MCL earlier this season, Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL in a huge blow to the Rams’ elite offense. Robert Woods should benefit most as the primary possession receiver for Jared Goff. Josh Reynolds will see consistent snaps in three-wide sets and is worth a look against the Chiefs on Monday night.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (Toe, OUT)

The Bengals’ offense struggled badly with A.J. Green out last week and he’s out again this week. Tyler Boyd will serve as the top option with John Ross (groin) serving as No. 2 in a tough matchup at Baltimore.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (Ribs, Questionable)

Stefon Diggs is expected to return following the Vikings bye week. Adam Thielen (back, calf) has also been limited in practice, but both should see their normal work loads in a tough matchup against the Bears.

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (Hip, Questionable)

Keenan Allen has been limited in practice with a hip injury and will draw a brutal matchup Sunday against elite slot CB Chris Harris. Chargers outside WR Mike Williams (groin) has also been limited. Both are expected to play Sunday.

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (Hamstring, Questionable)

Keke Coutee has been playing it safe with his hamstring pull and hasn’t played since Week 7. He could return to face the Redskins Sunday after resting during the Texans’ bye week.

Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions (Knee, OUT)

Marvin Jones Jr. is dealing with a bone bruise and missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Kenny Golladay will see increased targets but draws a tough matchup against James Bradberry. The best plays on the Lions are feature back Kerryon Johnson and slot back/receiver Theo Riddick in PPR formats.

Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (Ankle, Questionable)

Both Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor (foot) are questionable to face the Colts. Corey Davis has drawn 10 targets in consecutive games and will be a great option in DFS this week.

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (Foot, Questionable)

Sammy Watkins missed Sunday’s easy win against the Cardinals but is expected to return for a potential shootout with the Rams in Los Angeles Monday night.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Bucs (Ankle, Questionable)

Chris Godwin is practicing on a limited basis and if he’s out against the Giants, it would be easier to trust Adam Humphries as a punt play or O.J. Howard as a solid TE option.

Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (Ankle, Out)

Jamison Crowder is inactive again and Maurice Harris will man the slot against Houston.

Martavis Bryant, Oakland Raiders (Knee, Out)

The Raiders’ downfield threat will miss Sunday’s game and Jordy Nelson (knee) will sit while allegedly mulling retirement. Derek Carr will likely look towards TE Jared Cook, Seth Roberts, and Brandon LaFell as his primary options.

Chad Williams, Arizona Cardinals (Ankle, Out)

Cardinals rookie WR Chad Williams will sit against the Raiders this week, so Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk will dominate targets.

Out for Extended Period: Will Fuller, Geronimo Allison, Marqise Lee, Mack Hollins, Ted Ginn Jr., Cody Latimer, Mike Wallace, Pharoh Cooper

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Tight End

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (Back, Questionable)

Jordan Reed has been limited by a back issue, and admits to being hobbled by toe injuries. He may continue to struggle since the Redskins need more pass protection to compensate for multiple injuries on the offensive line.

Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers (Knee, Questionable)

Antonio Gates has become an afterthought in the Chargers offense, but is a GTD this week. If he’s out, Virgil Green would see more snaps at TE.

Dion Sims, Chicago Bears (Concussion, Out)

Dion Sims is the Bears best blocking TE and his absence will likely lead to more of a pass-heavy approach, benefiting Tarik Cohen more than Jordan Howard.

Out for Extended Period: Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft, Delanie Walker, Hunter Henry, Jake Butt, Will Dissly

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Offensive Line

Brandon Linder, Jacksonville Jaguars (Knee, Out) 

The Jaguars lost their starting center for the season. That’s a huge blow since Brandon Linder ranked eighth among all linemen in run blocking. Leonard Fournette handled 29 touches in his return last Sunday but could struggle from an efficiency standpoint against the Steelers.

Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints (Pectoral, Out) 

The Saints lost excellent tackle Terron Armstead in the first half of a blowout win at the Bengals Sunday. Jermon Bushrod filled in well and will look to keep the Saints rolling over the next few weeks.

Max Garcia, Denver Broncos (Knee, Out) 

The Broncos lost yet another offensive lineman, as Max Garcia suffered a torn ACL during practice. They’ve already lost Matt Paradis, Ronald Leary and RT Jared Veldheer (knee) has been out for weeks. The Chargers D/ST is a strong option at home this week.

T.J. Lang, Detroit Lions (Neck, Out) 

The Lions put T.J. Lang on I.R. with a neck injury and will have a harder time protecting Matthew Stafford with their solid guard out of the lineup.

Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles (Knee, Questionable)

Originally expected to play, Lane Johnson missed Sunday’s night tilt with the Cowboys, and the Eagles’ offense suffered. He’s expected to suit up in New Orleans this Sunday.

Justin Pugh, Arizona Cardinals (Knee, Out)

The Cardinals sent Justin Pugh to I.R. with a knee injury and will move forward without their starting guard.

T.J. Lang, Detroit Lions (Neck, Questionable)

T.J. Lang remains questionable with a neck injury. Matthew Stafford could be under consistent pressure with the Panthers visiting this Sunday.

Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys (Knee, Questionable)

Cowboys LG Connor Williams (knee) is out indefinitely, but Zack Martin continues to play through his knee issues. Elite LT Tyron Smith (back) has also been limited in practice.

Out for Extended Period: Isaiah Wynn, Ron Leary, Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Kyle Long, Travis Frederick, Cam Robinson, Jon Halapio, Brandon Fusco, Andy Levitre, Matt Kalil, Daryl Williams, Seantrel Henderson, A.Q. Shipley

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Defensive Line

Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers (Foot, Questionable)

Joey Bosa could play for the first time this season and that would boost the Chargers defense in a divisional tilt with Denver.

Timmy Jernigan, Philadelphia Eagles (Back, Questionable)

Timmy Jernigan has resumed practicing and could be active when the Eagles visit the Saints Sunday.

Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys (Knee, Questionable)

The Cowboys are hoping Randy Gregory can return in Week 11 against the Falcons. They’re expecting to be without DT David Irving (ankle), and DT Maliek Collins briefly left Sunday’s win in Philadelphia with an injury.

Out for Extended Period: Joey Bosa, Carl Lawson, Vincent Taylor, William Hayes, Muhammad Wilkerson, Marcus Davenport, Ryan Glasnow, Vita Vea, Tyquan Lewis

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Linebacker

Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Foot, Out)

Deion Jones will remain out this week, so Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ rushing attack should dominate.

Denzel Perryman, Los Angeles Chargers (Hamstring, Out)

The Chargers lost Denzel Perryman, the 23rd-ranked LB in the league per Pro Football Focus, to a season-ending hamstring injury. Phillip Lindsay and the Broncos rushing attack should benefit on Sunday. Emerging TE Jeff Heuerman is also worth a look as a DFS punt play.

Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Bucs (Knee, Out)

Already ravaged by injuries at LB, the Bucs will be without elite WLB Lavonte David in Week 11. His absence benefits Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram this week.

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos (Knee, Questionable)

The Broncos best LB is not expected to play in Week 11, which boosts Melvin Gordon and the Chargers rushing attack.

Out for Extended Period: Sean Lee, Jake Ryan, Dominique Easley, Kyzir White, Josh Martin

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Defensive Backs

Darius Slay, Detroit Lions (Knee, Questionable)

The Lions may be without their top CB in Week 11 against the Panthers. Devin Funchess would benefit most if Slay is inactive. Slay returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and expects to play.

Ronald Darby, Philadelphia Eagles (Knee, Out)

The Eagles lost their top CB for the season and have a tough matchup at the Saints this Sunday. Michael Thomas should eat a secondary that’s also missing LCB Jalen Mills (foot), FS Rodney McLeod (knee), and slot CB Sidney Jones (hamstring). Saints No. 2 WR Tre’Quan Smith is also in play against a depleted secondary.

A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville Jaguars (Calf, Questionable)

The Jaguars will hope their No. 2 CB is active Sunday to deal with JuJu Smith-Schuster while Jalen Ramsey shadows Antonio Brown. Bouye is expected to play.

Aaron Colvin, Houston Texans (Ankle, Questionable)

The Texans talented slot CB is expected to return from a lengthy absence this week, limiting the potential of Redskins slot WR Maurice Harris.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals (Concussion, Questionable)

The Bengals’ top CB has struggled, but their secondary would be even more vulnerable Sunday if Dre Kirkpatrick isn’t cleared to play. Consider John Brown and Michael Crabtree if Kirkpatrick is out.

Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons (Ankle, Questionable)

Robert Alford remains questionable with an ankle injury. His continued absence would be a big boost for Amari Cooper and the Cowboys.

Quinton Dunbar, Washington Redskins (Shin, Out)

The Redskins’ LCB has missed consecutive games and will be out again Sunday against the Texans. Demaryius Thomas should benefit while DeAndre Hopkins likely tangles with Josh Norman.

Out for Extended Period: Jason Verrett, Eric Berry, Patrick Robinson, Vernon Hargreaves, Ross Cockrell, Phillip Gaines, Byron Maxwell, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal

Kicker

Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons (Hamstring, Questionable)

Matt Bryant is expected to return this week and is a great option with Atlanta hosting a Cowboys team that’s solid in red zone defense

Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins (Groin, Questionable)

Dustin Hopkins is questionable to face Houston this week. The Redskins may need to sign a kicker.

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